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Vampire Zero by David Wellington - Excerpt

Vampire Zero by David Wellington - Excerpt

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One man stood between them and us.

U.S. Marshal Jameson Arkeley—the country’s foremost authority on vampires—taught police investigator and vampire fighter Laura Caxton everything she knows about monsters. After a bloody war visited upon Gettysburg by an army of vampires, Arkeley gave up his own life to save others. Except he didn’t exactly die . . .

Arkeley accepted the curse and is now a vampire himself. What’s worse, he’s the savviest vampire ever—he knows all the tricks better than anyone. Caxton is now faced with the task of destroying him. But Arkeley knows all her tactics too; after all, he taught them to her. Caxton realizes she must finish Arkeley before he succeeds in his quest to exterminate his own family, one member at a time. But even more important, she has to prevent him from becoming a beast exponentially more dangerous—a Vampire Zero.

The author of 13 Bullets and 99 Coffins, David Wellington takes the Laura Caxton series to a whole new level in this action-packed third volume.

To read more about Vampire Zero or David Wellington please visit Crown Publishing Group at www.crownpublishing.com.
One man stood between them and us.

U.S. Marshal Jameson Arkeley—the country’s foremost authority on vampires—taught police investigator and vampire fighter Laura Caxton everything she knows about monsters. After a bloody war visited upon Gettysburg by an army of vampires, Arkeley gave up his own life to save others. Except he didn’t exactly die . . .

Arkeley accepted the curse and is now a vampire himself. What’s worse, he’s the savviest vampire ever—he knows all the tricks better than anyone. Caxton is now faced with the task of destroying him. But Arkeley knows all her tactics too; after all, he taught them to her. Caxton realizes she must finish Arkeley before he succeeds in his quest to exterminate his own family, one member at a time. But even more important, she has to prevent him from becoming a beast exponentially more dangerous—a Vampire Zero.

The author of 13 Bullets and 99 Coffins, David Wellington takes the Laura Caxton series to a whole new level in this action-packed third volume.

To read more about Vampire Zero or David Wellington please visit Crown Publishing Group at www.crownpublishing.com.

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Publish date: Oct 14, 2008
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VAMPIRE ZERO
 
ALSO BY DAVID WELLINGTON
Monster Island Monster NationMonster Planet 13 Bullets99 Coffins

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adonisguilfoyle reviewed this
Rated 4/5
David Wellington's vampire novels are fantastic to read - fast-paced, thrilling, even educational on occasion! I have raced through the first three books of the series in a week, and my finger is itching to click on 'Buy' so that I can add the fourth novel on Kindle. There are some elements of the Laura Caxton stories that I would change - the very American obsession with guns 'n' ammo, for one - no wooden stakes here - and Caxton's mutating personality for another, but overall, I can safely say I'm addicted.Set a couple of months after Caxton's battle with the undead at Gettysburg, Trooper Laura Caxton is now in charge of her own unit, the SSU (Special Subjects Unit), tracking and destroying vampires. Or really, just one vampire in particular - her old mentor, Jameson Arkeley. But Arkeley isn't making her work easy for her, creating an army of half-deads and going after his own family. Caxton and Glauer, the dependable officer from the previous novel now working for the SSU, need to stop Arkeley - and the formidable Justinia Malvern - before he becomes a 'vampire zero', and makes other vicious undead killers.From the insecure, hyperventilating victim she was in the first novel, Laura Caxton has somehow transformed into a heartless, obsessive bully - into Arkeley, in fact. On one level, the change in her personality from passive to aggressive is convincing, but on another, wholly unattractive. Caxton's treatment of Clara Hsu, her live-in photographer girlfriend, is appalling, but at least Clara calls Caxton on her behaviour. I'm not sure what purpose is served by Clara, other than to play the neglected other half - Caxton is the type of antisocial character who shouldn't really have personal connections, but we'll see how long Clara lasts.I enjoyed delving more into Arkeley's human past, and meeting his eccentric wife and troubled children. (A prequel, set during Arkeley's vampire hunting career, would be interesting to read.) And the climax, in the abandoned mines beneath Centralia, was tense and powerfully atmospheric, once again. The guns are starting to bore me, along with the repetitive vampire worldbuilding in every novel, but Wellington has a talent for finding strangely appropriate historical locations in which to stage Caxton's battles.
silversurfer_1 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
An excellent chapter in the series. Laura in now faced with the challenge of killing her former mentor, who has now joined the legion of the undead. He is ready to start a new army. It's up to Laura to stop him. An exciting and fast paced novel.
cmwilson101 reviewed this
Rated 3/5
Vampire Zero is the third book in the Laura Caxton series, about a State Trooper who becomes a vampire-hunter. The action this time centers around Laura's hunt for the sole survivor of the previous book, 99 Coffins. The vampires are scary, and the action is good, but Laura is not a very sympathetic character - she's actually pretty socially retarded. She is a good kick-ass character, and the story moves quickly; if you are after a quick vampire action story this book is a good choice.
clark7hallman reviewed this
Rated 5/5
Vampire Zero is another entertaining chapter in the life of state trooper Laura Caxton. She and Jameson Arkeley continue their relationship, which began and has been sustained by vampire activity. However, those who have read 99 Coffins know that relationship has changed drastically. Wellington's vampires are ruthless creatures, but they are also clever, conniving and able to work together with their “half deads” to carryout their nefarious plans. This book has plenty of bloodthirsty violence, but perhaps places more emphasis on their ability to orchestrate nefarious plans. Readers who liked Wellington's first two books in this series (13 Bullets and 99 Coffins) will want to read this one. I enjoyed it very much.
lesleydawn reviewed this
Rated 5/5
David Wellington is an extremely talented writer. This is the third book in what I thought was going to be a vampire trilogy, but after reading it I am definitely hoping for another one. I need to know what happens next. If you are a fan of vampires, but aren't looking for romantic, squishy ones, then read these books. You'll be as hooked as I am.
drneutron_1 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Vampire Zero is the third in a series by David Wellington starring Laura Caxton, a Pennsylvania State Trooper turned vampire hunter. The subtitle to this one is "a gruesome vampire tale" and Wellington's not kidding. As with the other books in this series, these are not romantic vampires or vampires as people with superpowers. Wellington's vampires are evil predators that must be stopped. Fair warning - he manages to keep the body count pretty high in this one. 99 Coffins, the previous book left a couple of loose ends. In Vampire Zero, Wellington pulls on those threads and manages to wrap some things up pretty nicely. Then leaves a few more hanging, so as to keep our interest for a fourth book that I'm now impatiently waiting for. Highly recommended for those who like their vampire stories raw, but start at the beginning with 13 Bullets for the full effect.
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